Editor in chief, Daily Mail (2010 ranking: 13)

Mr Dacre, who has been in the editor’s chair since 1992, has built the Daily Mail into the true voice of Middle England - a paper which demands high standards of public services and kicks up a fuss when its hard-working readers’ taxes are squandered by them. The Care Quality Commission and NHS spending on IT have been predictable Mail targets in recent times. But it has also grown equally frustrated with GPs, particularly the amount of money they appear to be making. The NHS might be under financial and staffing pressure but it will enjoy no let-up from Mr Dacre’s attentions.